When we think about blemishes, our minds usually cast to those bouldering pimples that are inflamed, angry and about to burst with congestion. Though, the term blemish parents a wider umbrella of skin conditions that include blackheads, hyperpigmentation and a number of other lumps and bumps.
The best way to avoid those pesky blemishes is to cleanse your skin once or twice a day, wear sunscreen and include targeted serums into your routine. First, unclog your pores with natural acids (AHAs) in a Resurfacing Serum to dissolve the connections between your cells and the surface of your skin. Second, bring in the real heavy hitters like Niacinamide, also known as Vitamin B3, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Zinc. These ingredients are the heroes in our Blemish Rescue serum and Brightening serum. Extensive research shows that they work to protect skin from environmental damage, promote the natural production of collagen and hyaluronic acid, reduce enlarged pores and lessen skin discolouration.
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What is blemish serum?
To know what a blemish serum should be made up of and feel like, you’ve got to know what blemishes really are and what causes all the different types of unsightly marks on your face and body. Simply put, a blemish is any type of mark, spot, discoloration, or flaw that appears on the skin and something you probably wanted gone yesterday!
The most common skin blemish that always seems to rear its ugly head when you’re trying to look your best is the dreaded acne. Acne appears as pimples, blackheads or white heads and affects most people at some point in their life. Acne is caused by excessive sebum (oil), bacteria or dirt clogging hair follicles. If left untreated it can lead to scarring so it is essential to implement a skincare routine for healthy skin early so you’re not stuck in later years trying to deal with scars. Hormonal changes are widely considered to play a role in the formation of acne. So entering your teen years acne can be a very normal skin struggle that most people will have at some time in their lives
Stress may also make acne worse by increasing sebum production, although it’s not considered to be a root cause of this condition. Both short-term stress and chronic, ongoing stress make blemishes more severe. Chronic stress is by far the worst as it hinders your skin's ability to regenerate and recover from blemishes which means your blemishes will last longer and are more likely to leave post-blemish marks.
After acne, the other common forms of blemishes include:
- Blackheads: a type of clogged pore that forms when dead skin cells combine with debris and excess oil,turning black on the surface of the pore.
- White Bumps: another type of clogged pore often referred to as closed comedones as they’re covered by a thin layer of skin which stops them from turning black.
- Papules: These small to medium-size blemishes look pink to slightly red, have a soft surface, and are filled with fluid and excess oil
- Pustules: occur when papules—the mild type of blemishes—worsen. The initial blemish becomes larger, engorged with more oil and fluid as the skin attempts to deal with the problem on its own. Most teens with blemishes have a mix of papules and pustules.
- Nodules: A collection of tissue that are hard to touch, usually 1 to 2 centimeters in diameter e.g skin tags and warts are examples of nodules.
- Ingrown hair: These are hairs that grow back into the skin and become trapped. This can cause a red bump to form. Ingrown hairs can also turn into large, fluid-filled ingrown hair cysts. These can be red, yellow, or white in appearance.
- Rosacea: A condition that causes redness and often small, red, pus-filled bumps on the face.Rosacea most commonly affects middle-aged women with fair skin. It can be mistaken for acne or other skin conditions.
- Skin Cancer: Skin cancers can range in appearance and in color from dark moles with irregular borders to yellow scabs or raised red bumps. If you have any concerns ask your doctor and especially if you spend lots of time in the sun it's a good habit to get your skin/freckles/spots checked regularly.
Which serum is best for blemishes?
The all round best serum for blemishes is our Blemish Rescue Serum that contains a clinically supported bioactive blend of Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) & Zinc PCA at a combined concentration of 6% that acts to deliver blemish free & refined skin, protect from UV related premature ageing of skin, improve skin elasticity and help to control acne.
Niacinamide or Vitamin B3 is a key skin building block that helps maintain a healthy skin barrier and improves skin elasticity by promoting collagen and reducing collagen cross-linking. The scientifically documented topical benefits of using Niacinamide as a blemish treatment include acne control,shine-free skin, protects from UV-premature aging of skin, reduces appearance of wrinkles/lines, keeps skin well moisturised, and rebalances uneven skin tone for beautiful, radiant looking skin.
For fighting blackheads, whiteheads and acne, our bioactive Zinc-PCA complex is essential. Zinc is an essential mineral for DNA and protein synthesis and PCA is a key natural moisturising molecule found in the skin. This bioactive complex not only keeps skin hydrated but also has astringent (reducing visible pores) and antimicrobial properties due to its ability to control excess sebum-oil production.
To round off the trio of incredible actives in our top anti blemish serum we give you Pollustop! A natural polysaccharide that forms a breathable, transparent film on the skin blocking environmental toxins from clogging your pores and significantly reducing oxidative stress that results in chronic inflammation and overactive skin immune effects which brings about symptoms (redness, rash, itchiness, pain) of sensitive skin.
How do you use blemish serum?
Apply blemish serums onto bare skin after cleansing and before moisturiser and/or sunscreen.
- Apply a few drops of BOOST LAB Blemish Rescue Serum to blemish prone or effected areas on your face and neck and massage them in.
- If using more than one serum, layer them in order of thinnest to thickest texture.
- Apply water-based serums before oil-based serums.
- If using two serums with a similar consistency, apply in the order of your main skin concern
What is the best product for blemishes and redness?
Blemishes often happen alongside redness/irritated skin so it makes sense that anything you can do to soothe your skin will help get rid of the redness and assist your skin in recovering from blemishes.
Our trick? Spot-treat the area with our dynamic exfoliating Resurfacing Serum which has a clinically supported Lactic Acid-Arginine Complex that provides the exfoliating benefits of lactic acid (belonging to a class of exfoliants called alpha-hydroxy acids or AHAs), removing dead surface skin cells to reveal fresh, young radiant skin.
Unlike AHA exfoliants, our blemish redness treatment has no stinging or burning sensations due to the slow release mechanism of lactic acid from its arginine complex. To further soothe the skin our Resurfacing Serum contains a natural soothing formula with Aloe Vera and Manuka Honey which have a high moisturisation activity and antibacterial and antioxidant properties.
How do you get rid of blemishes?
- Cleanse: Cleanse your skin once or twice a day to remove things like makeup, oil, dirt and debris that may have accumulated over the course of your day.
- Wear sunscreen: Always apply sunscreen year-round. Sun damage breaks down collagen in your skin, which leads to saggy, enlarged pores.
- Exfoliate: By removing dead skin cells you’ll unclog your pores. Just be gentle and make sure not to overdo it!
- Serum time: Finally, choose the right product for your needs and your skin type.
First, if you need to unclog your pores, natural acids (AHAs) in a Resurfacing Serum will dissolve the connections between your cells and the surface of your skin. It’s also important to commit to a retinoid, such as in our Night Renewal Serum. Not only does the Vitamin A smooth out wrinkles and brighten dark spots, it also stops acne and shrinks pores. The increased collagen production while decreasing oil production means you get to enjoy fewer breakouts and tighter pores.
What’s the best ingredient to shrink pores?
In addition to our Resurfacing Serum and Night Renewal Serum, you’ll also be able to clean out and shrink your pores with our Blemish Rescue Serum. Why? Because of a secret ingredient. Niacinamide (aka Vitamin B3) is a water-soluble ingredient that is one of the best ways to visibly reduce enlarged pores in your skin. Not only that, but it can tighten saggy pores, even out your skin tone, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, brighten dull areas of your skin, and turn a weak skin surface into a robust and protected layer.
What is the best serum for acne prone skin?
At BOOST LAB we use Granactive Retinoid at a clinically supported concentration of 2% in our anti blemish fighting, skin regenerating Night Renewal Serum.
The active ingredient in Granactive Retinoid is Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, a non-therapeutic and less irritating form of retinoic acid. It is able to penetrate skin, releasing ‘active’ retinoic acid in the skin to unclog pores, reduce acne forming in the first place by stopping dead skin cells clogging pores, moderate skin oil production, treat the bacteria that promotes acne forming and helps calm inflamed skin. Additionally, retinoids will improve multiple signs of aging, accelerate skin cell growth and protect skin from photodamage.
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